Clinton speaks on economics, job security

March 27, 2008 4:41:07 PM PDT
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went on a whirlwind speaking tour in N.C. Thursday.

Just one day after Barack Obama visited the the Tar Heel state, Clinton visited three N.C. cities Thursday.

North Carolina has become a battle ground for Clinton and Obama. North Carolina has 115 delegates to divide in its May 6 primary.

Wake Tech in Raleigh was the first stop for Clinton.

She talked about job worries in a stop at the Raleigh community college. Clinton told a crowd that the government needs to help displaced workers.

She says the government seems to be more focused on how people lose their jobs than how people can find new jobs. Clinton also says there's been too little effort to help people get new skills while they have their existing jobs.

The New York senator says Pell Grants should be extended to workers enrolled in education programs designed to upgrade their skills.

She also calls for a training program to allow workers concerned about threats to their jobs to receive grants to help them move into other industries.

"Many Wake Tech students are a little bit older. Maybe they're working at the same time as they're going to school like i do," Wake Tech Student, Diane Ruddiman said.

Thursday both Obama and Clinton argued that Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain isn't ready or willing to handle an economic emergency.

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The phone is ringing, and he would just let it ring and ring," Clinton said, echoing the "3 a.m. phone call" TV ad she used earlier to suggest she was more qualified than Obama to handle a national security crisis.

Clinton chastised McCain for opposing government intervention in the nation's credit and mortgage crisis.

Clinton stopped in Fayetteville. She spoke at a Solutions for America event at Terry Sanford High School.

Her final stop will be in Winston-Salem for another Solutions for America event at the Forsyth Tech Gym.


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